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Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Tip Seven: Genius is Dedication

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


You don’t identify with giving up on yourself, which is failure. You are capable of wonder, for you are in dharma, are you not? Knowing where your art stands in the universe translates into power, leverage, and self-confidence.

Courting approval has consequences for which you are prepared. You remain steadfast in your abilities and gracious when others don’t yet appreciate your work. Your confidence soars, as you’ve replaced ‘disappointment’ with ‘that’s revealing’. To be great you must do great things. While talent is the gift, genius is dedication.

Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Warmed-Over Marxism

Cirque de Genome

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Art critic Hilton Kramer writes: “I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art. One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.

“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism.

“Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards. The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

Art and Politics

darwin redux
Darwin Redux

In some respects, even art can’t escape the pulls of politics, whether to the left or the right. In Nazi Germany the dear Führer decreed that certain art was decadent art, which was verboten. And he should know, as he was a failed art student.

Today, many of the art institutions, museums, galleries, and grant giving organizations are populated mostly by wantonly ignorant leftist Marxists who would not know art from cream cheese. The powers with money dictate what sort of ‘art’ should be made—which is ultimately a trap for the artist who complies. This does not prevent the true artist from listening to a higher power. 

One of the first actions of a Marxist or other fascist regime is to control the images that the people see. But, this can also be accomplished with language, as in the insidious mind control device called political correctness—the very illness that is eroding our land this very moment. Lack of awareness by sheeple can quickly transform art for art’s sake to art for the state’s sake. And voila: a totalitarian state is born.

Monday Dec 22, 2014

Picasso’s Bull Sculpture

matador myth moon
Matador Myth Moon

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Another example of seeing art in manufactured goods took place in 1943 when Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) reconfigured a bicycle’s handlebars and seat into a Bull’s Head sculpture.

Was this art? Why is it art?

While others may have observed that a bicycle seat and handlebars when properly aligned resembles a bull’s head, it was Picasso, already confident in his work, who had the nerve to assemble the pieces into a whole.

Monday Jul 14, 2014

The Man with the Dog

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Book Cover

I decided to revisit a short story that I wrote some ten years ago.

Here are the first 5 chapter (30 in all) of The Man with the Dog. If you like what you’ve read so far, give me your vote. Thanks and enjoy!

Click on the link: Man with the Dog